Monday, September 17, 2007

Poetry Train Monday - 19 - Vertical Narrative

This is another one from my university days. I've chosen one of my mom's paintings as a companion to the poem. Titled 'Ships at Sail', the painting and the poem were created within a few years of each other. I'll be showcasing 13 of her pieces on my Thursday Thirteen this week.

Vertical Narrative

When I was five
I looked to the heavens
Unsure of 'forever and ever

If everyone wanted that
Ascention to paradise
Why should that lack of
Unnerve me

Why did everyone point
And ask if I could
See the face
The Man in the Moon

Why did they gather
Gazing upon canvasses of
Blobbed color
Even holes torn

Twisted bronze
Sculpture or


How I remember that night
When two eyes
A smile emerged
From the lunar surface

Riddles of design
Recover from their sojourn
To the Tower of Babel

I am left reaching for
The face of Creation
Happy for now with
My stake in the
Garden of
The very

Poem copyright 1993 Julia Smith

Watercolor ink and sand, copyright 1995 Paulette Phillips